15 Surprising Abandoned Places In The Word You Probably Didn’t Know

Published on September 9, 2022

Our planet is full of breathtaking views, beautiful places, and some abandoned places that give us chills. It seems like those places came straight out of a horror movie. It surprises us how some places that once used to be crowded are now abandoned. We can say that Mother Nature doesn’t like some places to be crowded so she took it back.

However, these places have wonderful sights on their own. I don’t know about you but I find the abandoned place really interesting and wonderful. It may be some natural order of life and things to get rusty and abandoned. But they still look amazing. So we have made a list for you of Earth’s fifteen abandoned places. Let’s take a look at them.

15. Underwater City in Shicheng, China

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No natural disaster disrupted the once populated Shicheng. The man-made phenomenon of establishing modern civilization turned this city into more than 1,300 years old ruins. Later, China needed to establish a hydroelectric power plant to meet the needs of the growing population. So the government constructed a dam and the city of Shicheng dissolved in the rushing waters of this dam.

14. Hashima Island, Japan

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The two cities of Japan, namely Hiroshima and Nagasaki lost many of its beautiful places after America detonated the two atom bombs on both cities. However, Japan gradually regained the power to put life in both these cities. But some areas of Japan are still abandoned including more than 500 islands. One of these islands in Hashima Island which is a symbol of the industrialization in Japan. However, it has marks of the forced slavery, Japan had to face in World War II. Japan’s one of many underwater coal mines used to be in Hashima island. After repairing some buildings, this island was opened for travelers.

13. Ghost Town in Bodie, California, USA

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In 1876, rich deposits if gold and silver were found by miners in Bodie. However, due to its numerous hookers and booze joints, the city quickly earned the title “sin city.” It didn’t take long for this city to finally fall in 1940s and turn into one of the best-preserved ghost cities in the entire world.

12. 102 Years Old Floating Forest in Sydney, Australia

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You must be wondering what is a floating forest! It’s in the picture you see above. This is an abandoned boat SS Aryfield. It resides in Homebush Bay, Sydney. Homebush Bay used to be a ship wrecking yard. Millions of boasts were sent here in order to demolish them. However, the remaining ships were left to decay after the operations were ceased. So now, Homebush Bay has basically turned into a ship graveyard for abandoned ship.

11. Abandoned City Hall Subway Stop in New York, USA

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In 1904, City Hall Loop was opened for the first time. It used to  serve about 600 passengers per day as a luxurious terminal station. After four decades of operation, this station stopped accepting passengers because of the massive rise in New York’s population. Today, there are just a few restricted occasions during the year when you can visit the station. It was once a famous location where people and tourists could view the elaborate designs of the history, but it was forced to close because of security concerns in the middle of the 20th century.

10. Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz, Germany

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Hitler received treatment in the now-closed Beelitz-Heilstätten after suffering injuries during World War I. during the war, this hospital turned into a military hospital. Moreover, after the downfall of the Axis in World War II, it was regarded as the best hospital for treating neurological diseases and tuberculosis.

9. The Haunting New Bedford Orpheum, USA

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The original Orpheum Theater was known as the Majestic Opera House. Coincidentally, the construction of Bedford Orpheum Theater began the same day as Titanic sank in the depths of water. Thus, many people considered it as a bad omen. It could accommodate 1,500 people at its greatest and was only utilized for the most important occasions in the northeastern US. However, in 1959, it shut its doors.

8. The Crystal Mill in Crystal, Colorado

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In late 1800s, the Crystal Mill was constructed. It was a powerhouse that used to supply energy with its large waterwheel for miners working in the silver mining areas around. However, there was no more use of this powerhouse when the silver rush died down in 1917.

7. Kolmanskop, Namibia

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In recent history, one of the most popular diamond mines used to be in Kolmanskop. Many hospitals, school and the first tram in Africa were built when German miners migrated to this city. However, miners started to migrate with their families from Kolmanskop when the mines were no longer had diamonds. The miners migrated to Orange River where they found the largest diamond mine known to man.

6. Abandoned Church in the Snow, Canada

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The exterior of the church makes people feel that it’s still functional. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll be able to see that its abandoned now. Furthermore, you can see many things inside the church as new. The chairs are aligned perfectly, bibles are scattered, and a perfect pulpit waiting for the pastor to begin the Sunday’s sermon.

5. Fishing Village at Gouqi Island, China

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More than 400 islands belong to Shengi Islands. Gouqi Island is one of them. Furthermore, this island is a part of the Zhoushan Archipelago and used to be one of the greatest fishing villages. Unfortunately, the polluted waters made this place abandoned. It still remains one of the most well-preserved islands of the Zhoushan Archipelago.

4. Abandoned Wooden Houses, Russia

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The forests of Russia is the home to many beautiful wooden houses built in the history. However, no population could reside as it is located in literally the middle of nowhere in Russia. But this couldn’t stop the travelers and adventurers to visit this place. Thus, this place is attraction for many foreigners who are brave enough to go there. The decaying furniture rests in these buildings made of ornate fixtures.

3. Abandoned Train Station, Abkhazia, Georgia

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This train station used to be the only connection between passengers from Georgia to Russia. But it is now just ruins. The war broke out in Abkhazia between 1992-1993. Afterwards, this 63 miles railway became abandoned. Now it has marks of decay and deterioration. Interestingly, some of its parts still reflects the magnificence when it was used to be functional.

2. Last House on Holland Island, USA

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This lone house standing on the Holland Island depicts the perfect picture of battle between man and nature. For many decades this house fought against the erosion. It was built in 1888. Waters and soil dragged this house away from the land of Holland Island. The last owner made many efforts to save it. However, man cannot fight nature!

1. The Initiation Wells in the Town of Sintra, Portugal

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The Quinta De Regaleira estate is the home for many ruins. It includes chapel, castle, stuccoes and pair of wells. Thousands of travelers come to this estate annually. Initiation Wells is the name of these two wells. They symbolize the meaning of death and rebirth. Nine circles of Paradise and Hell are all well depicted in the spiral designs made inside these wells.